Asian chicken salad
500 g skinless chicken breasts, fat trimmed
2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
4 coriander stalks, including roots and leaves
100 g rice noodles
3 cups Chinese cabbage (Wombok), finely shredded
2 carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks
4 spring onions (including green tops), ends trimmed, thinly sliced diagonally
3 cups bean sprouts
1/2 cup mint leaves, loosely packed, roughly torn
2 tbs lime juice
2 tbs sweet chilli sauce
2 tsp fish sauce
1 tbs water
40 g unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped
- Place both chicken breasts in a medium saucepan with enough water to just cover. Season with black pepper.
- Add garlic, coriander roots and stems, reserving leaves.
- Place over high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer with lid on for 2 minutes.
- Switch off heat, cover and leave chicken to rest in the liquid stock while preparing salad.
- Place the noodles in a large heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 5 minutes to soften. Drain well.
- Add cabbage, carrot, spring onions, bean sprouts and mint to noodles. Roughly chop mint leaves and add to salad ingredients.
- Remove chicken and garlic from liquid stock and set aside to cool slightly.
- To make dressing, mash cooked garlic in a cup and combine with lime juice, sweet chilli sauce, fish sauce and water.
- Coarsely shred or thinly slice the chicken then add to the salad with dressing and combine.
- Serve immediately, topped with peanuts.
Recipe from livelighter.com.au © State of Western Australia 2012, reproduced with permission